So I cleaned off the layout downstairs and opened up my new LC+ remote (that I ordered in Oct 2015!). I got mine from Trainworld in Brooklyn and it was inside of 3 boxes. The outermost was the shipping box from Trainworld, then next there was a shipping box from Lionel. On the end of that box was a silver foil sticker on the top of the end tape on the box, labeled as "Quality Checked". I took it off and stuck it to the side of the box (pictured below). The tape didn't seem opened (maybe it was new tape). So I opened the box. Is this evidence of some part of a QA program by Lionel? Now I'm sure they have something, but I've never had one of these on any of my prior purchases. I don't buy the big ticket stuff (no Big Boys running around my rails).
Then I get to the third box which is the usual Lionel Orange, but I see in the upper right the Bluetooth logo. I never knew that LC was Bluetooth! I don't recall this being indicated on the other boxes with LC remotes inside. Was I just too enamored by the whole LC concept that I overlooked this item? The manual makes no reference to Bluetooth other than the word "pair" when speaking about assigning a train to the 1-2-3 buttons.
I moved on, I paired up to my UP LC+ in just a second, no problem at all. But so far I'm 0 for 2 of my plain old LC trains. My Santa Fe Scout RS-3 would not pair. Nor would my Scout Steam 2-4-2. I know the "Scout" series is the lowest cost of the line, so I wasn't too disappointed. My other 3 LC are the Diesel (from Thomas), the UP Lionel Junction 0-4-0 and the Dino Junction Diesel (repainted as BNSF) so the odds are not in my favor. I'm still OK as I know I have more LC+ in my future (I hope).